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Hero Teens Save Little Girl


How about a palette cleanser from all of the bad news we’ve had to deal with over the last few weeks.

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania a little girl was abducted from her front yard. Her parents, first responders, and neighbors began frantically searching for her throughout their community, to no avail.

Enter our young heroes. Fifteen year old Temar Boggs and his friends had been busy helping an older lady in their neighborhood move a couch when they first heard that the young girl had been abducted. A short time later they joined the search for her on foot and by bike. They moved through the corners of the town that only young teenagers would know, looking for the missing girl.

That’s when it happened – the friends spotted the little girl in a dark car. At first they weren’t sure, so they followed, trying to get a better look at the young passenger. At some point they realized this was the girl the entire community was searching for, and that’s when the chase began. For fifteen minutes, the boys on bikes pedaled hard to keep up with the fleeing vehicle and a driver who had no doubt become terrified that he was about to be caught. After fifteen minutes, the monster stopped the car and pushed the small girl out, then fled like the coward he is.

The boys scooped up the worried and confused child and carried her back to first responders and her parents.

These are the young men parents should teach their children to become. Boys who are respectful, who seek to help those in need, and who take action when their community needs them.

It struck me listening to young Temar Boggs giving this interview to Lancaster Online, that he and his friends had been helping an elderly neighbor when they first learned of the kidnapping. Then when asked to help take part in the search, they organized their friends in the area to help them find the little girl. I don’t know anything about Mr. Boggs that is not related in this story, but I can tell you this — he was raised right.

temarTemar Boggs is the type of man that fathers want their sons to be. A young man ready and willing to help those in need.

He doesn’t see himself as the hero he is. “I’m just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do… It was a blessing for me to make that happen,” Boggs said.  His mother said she is proud of her son, “You just hope you raise your child the right way. … He’s learning what I tell him, to help others.”

You’re doing a great job Ms. Boggs. Thank you for teaching your son what it takes to be a man.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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